International students: After you arrive

Find out about the help and support available when you arrive at Bristol and how to get involved with University life.

Police registration

You should check your visa to find out if you need to register with the police. If you do need to register with the police, you must do this within 7 days after arriving. Find out about Police registration here.

The Welcome Lounge

The International Welcome Lounge is a space for meeting student ambassadors and staff. They will help you with any questions that you may have, explain the registration process and direct you to services across the University.

You will be able to get information about opening bank accounts and about services offered to students. You will be able to pick up a free SIM card and find out about discounted bus transport around Bristol. You will also be able to take part in the International Welcome Lounge social activities. It will be a great opportunity to meet other new students and start making friends.

International Welcome Lounge will be open between 10 to 14 September and 17 to 28 September, from 10 am to 4 pm. It will be located in the Richmond Building - download your Welcome Lounge timetable (PDF, 91kB).

Trips and tours

You can attend a range of trips, tours and events. You'll be able to create memories and make new friends while exploring the UK and Europe.
Please see the Autumn/Winter 2018 programme (PDF, 107kB) here.

Students' Union

Bristol Students' Union (SU) is run by students for all students and is central to your University experience. The SU can support all aspects of your student life and offers lots of different opportunities. You can continue a hobby or develop a new passion by joining a club or society.

There are over 250 to choose from and they're an excellent way to make new friends and enjoy University life. Student groups are arranged in categories, such as international, arts or religion. The SU also organises volunteering opportunities and events such as comedy nights, debates, pub quizzes and more. 

International Students Network

The International Students Network is for all international students to come together through socials, campaigns, forums and more.


If you arrive before you can move into your university or privately organised accommodation, you will need to arrange your own accommodation.

Find out where can you stay.

You can find out your arrival date from:

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